Racial Profiling by Police Is Ineffective and Reduces Public Safety

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September 11, 2001, was a very tragic day for many people living in the United States. Millions of people were affected by the terrorist attacks. Since then airport security has changed as well as police techniques. When police are at work they use many techniques to decrease their suspect pools. Racial profiling is the most common technique used. The dictionary definition for racial profiling is “the use of race or ethnicity as grounds for suspecting someone of having committed an offense.” This is the most controversial technique that our government uses today. Minorities are the most affected, being mistaken for a criminal because a person “fits the profile”, a common scenario in the United States. The issue with racial profiling is determining if it helps prevent crime or if it just violates citizens’ rights. The term “profiling” started being used in the late 70’s; it was associated with a method of interdiction drug traffickers. The DEA or Drug Enforcement Administration, created operation pipeline in 1985. Operation Pipeline was an intelligence based assessment of the methods drug networks transported drugs to drug markets. In order for the operation to be successful the DEA trained local and state police in applying a drug profile as a part of highway drug interdiction techniques. As time went by the profiling technique was distorted, so that officers began targeting black and Hispanic male drivers. They would pull them over for technical traffic violations, only as an excuse to check whether the drivers were carrying drugs. No awareness was raised over the issue until 1998, where the U.S. Department of Justice investigated the activities of the New Jersey State Police and defined racial profiling as “the practice of ... ... middle of paper ... ...order to check to see if they have any drugs or weapons on them. I don’t believe that is an effective method because criminals come in every skin color and race. Works Cited Callahan, Gene, and William Anderson. “The Roots of Racial Profiling.”Reason.com. N.p., Sept. 2001. Web. 14 Apr 2014. . Cha, J. Mijin. “Overcoming Racial Discrimination.” Progressive States Network. Progressive States Network, 21 May 2007. Web. 24 March 2014. . Easton, Stanley E., and Lucien Ellington. Japanese Americans. N.p., n.d. Web. 13 Apr 2014. . Racial Discrimination. N.p., 12 Dec. 2008. Web. 18 Apr 2014. .

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